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THE CHILDREN'S HOURby Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In Poetry Pages:
A selection of poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow originally published in The Atlantic Monthly.
Also by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
Santa Filomena (1857)
Paul Revere's Ride (1861)
Canto XXIII, from Three Cantos of Dante's Paradiso (1864)
On Translating the Divina Commedia (1864; 1866)
Vox Populi (1871)
The Leap of Roushan Beg (1878)
The Chamber Over the Gate (1879)
More poetry from The Atlantic Monthly.
Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations
That is known as the Children's Hour.
I hear in the chamber above me
From my study I see in the lamplight,
A whisper, and then a silence:
A sudden rush from the stairway,
They climb up into my turret
They almost devour me with kisses,
Do you think, O blue-eyed banditti,
I have you fast in my fortress,
And there will I keep you forever,
The Atlantic Monthly; September 1860; "The Children's Hour," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ; Volume VI, No. 3; pages 354.